Britain will build the world’s first commercial astronaut training facility where companies and others can train their astronauts for a fee. Blue Abyss can also be used by companies in the gas and oil drilling industry.


The plant is called Blue Abyss and will include a pool 50 meters deep, to be compared with NASA’s training pool that as “just” 12 meters deep. Apart from the huge pool, there will, of course, be a training center, a hotel and other facilities needed to train astronauts.